Police use same people as Panchas

October 15, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai, ENS – HUBLI

02nd October 2012 10:41 AM

Serial criminals are a common phenomenon, but have you heard of serial witnesses? In a shocking revelation it has been found that the Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissionerate is using the same people as witnesses (panchas) in different cases thereby compromising the investigations.

As a result, the rate of conviction has been decreasing for the last 8-10 years.

According to documents available with Express, Gangadhar Gurushiddappa Hugar, Basappa Shivasangappa Sangamashettar and three to four other persons are ‘working’ as witnesses in hundreds of cases.

The matter came to light during a trial.

Gangadhar, a witness in the case, has said in an affidavit submitted to Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court-1 that he is being used as a pancha by all police stations in Hubli-Dharwad for 8 to 10 years and that he has signed as a witness in about 600 cases.

“I am on the court campus daily and involved as a witness in at least one to two cases per day,” he has stated. He has concluded his statement by saying, “I am not involved in a nexus of professional criminals.”

Another ‘witness’ in the case Basappa Sangamashettar, a watchman in a cinema theatre, has said in an affidavit that he is an illiterate but has been a witness for all police stations of Hubli city for the last three to four years as he has “Faith in the police”.

Both have clarified that they are not getting money for the ‘service’.

There are rumours that police themselves put signatures of such witnesses openly as there is no procedure of asking the identity proof of witnesses in courts.

Denying the allegation of negligence in investigations, Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner B A Padmanayan said he would look into the matter

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Churning out teachers for over a century

October 15, 2012 by

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By Sangamesh Menasinakai / ENS – GADAG(KARNATAKA)

10th September 2012 08:30 AM

As many as 562 teachers in Karnataka hail from one tiny village of just 4,500 souls in Gadag district. Hullur, which has been a hub for the noble profession for over a century, is also home to 243 retired teachers.

Though it is unclear why people of this village, which also boasts of 15 lecturers, 25 engineers and six doctors, have a flair for teaching, locals speak of an old tradition here. Former gram panchayat president S B Herakal, who himself is an MA and BPEd, feels the teacher training course at Bagalkot has been popular among the village’s students since the 1970s.

“With students heading to Bagalkot for the course, butthiappas, akin to Mumbai’s dabbawallahs, used to take a train from the nearest station Mallapur to Bagalkot to supply home food to the students, who were able to pursue the course with little expense and invariably landed jobs after the course. Even today, 10-15 students from the village join the teacher training course every year,” he says. Herakal adds that male teachers of the village prefer teachers as brides and this has led to a rise in the number of teachers in the village in recent years. “Now, each family has three to four teachers,” he says.

The head master of the local Government Higher Primary School, Ramakanth Kamatgi, also speaks of the school’s role in serving the village’s educational needs since 1869. “Many poor people, who migrated from neighbouring taluks and districts, settled here as farm hands. But, they were landless and lacked financial security. This might have motivated them to become teachers,” he reckons.

A village that believes in teaching

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By Sangamesh Menasinakai – GADAG

Published: 09th Sep 2012 09:59:49 AM

  • Students from a school in Hullur
    Students from a school in Hullur

A tiny hamlet in Karnataka, last week was the happiest on Teacher’s Day. As many as 562 teachers in the state hail from Hullur, which population is only 4,500. It is also home to 243 retired teachers.

Though it is unclear why people of this village, which also boasts of 15 lecturers, 25 engineers and six doctors, have a flair for teaching, locals speak of an old tradition here.

Former gram panchayat president S B Herakal, who himself is an MA and B Ed, feels the teacher training course at Bagalkot has been popular among the village’s students since the 1970s.

“With students heading to Bagalkot for the course, butthi appas, akin to Mumbai’s dabbawallahs, used to take a train from the nearest station Mallapur to Bagalkot to supply home food to the students, who were able to pursue the course with little expense and invariably landed jobs after the course. Even today, 10-15 students from the village join the teacher training course every year,” he says. Herakal adds that male teachers of the village prefer teachers as brides and this has led to a rise in the number of teachers in the village in recent years. “Now, each family has three to four teachers,” he says.

The head master of the local Government Higher Primary School, Ramakanth Kamatgi, also speaks of the school’s role in serving the village’s educational needs since 1869. “Many poor people, who migrated from neighbouring taluks and districts, settled here as farm hands. But, they were landless and lacked financial security. This might have motivated them to become teachers,” he reckons.

 

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This village in Gadag is a teachers’ hub

October 15, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai|ENS – GADAG

05th September 2012 08:09 AM

As many as 562 teachers in the state hail from one tiny village of just 4,500 souls in Gadag district. Hullur, which has been a hub for the noble profession for over a century, is also home to 243 retired teachers.

Though it is unclear why people of this village, which also boasts of 15 lecturers, 25 engineers and six doctors, have a flair for teaching, locals speak of an old tradition here.

Former gram panchayat president S B Herakal, who himself is an MA and BPEd, feels the teacher training course at Bagalkot has been popular among the village’s students since the 1970s.

“With students heading to Bagalkot for the course, butthiappas, akin to Mumbai’s dabbawallahs, used to take a train from the nearest station Mallapur to Bagalkot to supply home food to the students, who were able to pursue the course with little expense and invariably landed jobs after the course. Even today, 10-15 students from the village join the teacher training course every year,” he says. Herakal adds that male teachers of the village prefer teachers as brides and this has led to a rise in the number of teachers in the village in recent years. “Now, each family has three to four teachers,” he says.

The head master of the local Government Higher Primary School, Ramakanth Kamatgi, also speaks of the school’s role in serving the village’s educational needs since 1869.

“Many poor people, who migrated from neighbouring taluks and districts, settled here as farm hands. But, they were landless and lacked financial security. This might have motivated them to become teachers,” he reckons.

‘Will boycott arrested if they are guilty’

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By Sangamesh Menasinakai – HUBLI

04th September 2012 09:50 AM

“Islam doesn’t allow anti-national and anti-social activities,” said Idara-EQuidmath- E-Khalq Moulana Sayyed Ahmed Raza, president, union of local moulavis on Monday.

He told Express, “We are shameful that youths having Muslim names were suspected and we appeal to our people to lead a life that doesn’t raise suspicion. In fact, Islam never promotes violence but promotes peace, protection, brotherhood and love,” he explained.

He, however, denied that Muslims were being suspected by other communities. Raza said the local Muslim community will boycott the arrested youths if charges against them are proved.

“We have faith in the police, judiciary and government. We only request that the judicial procedures should speed up. If charges are proved, then culprits should be punished, if not they should be released at the earliest to avoid possible damage to their lives,” he added.

Meanwhile, he requested the Hindus not to have misconception about Muslims and members of the community.

Community Regrets Turn of Events

When Express visited Azad Nagar in Keshwapur in Hubli, where many Muslims reside, many from the community regretted over the involvement of five Muslim youths in terror activities.

According to many, Hubli has always nurtured unity among communities.

Civil Engineer Sayyed Rafiq Kittur admitted that Muslims have greater respect in India compared with any other countries in the world.

“We have been reciprocating our respect to the nation since the struggle for freedom. We have never let down the pride of India. Nation’s security is our priority. No element can break Hindu- Muslim binding,” he added.

BJP President of district unit of Minority Morcha Imtiyaz Ahmed Mulla said, “The Muslim community prefers security, happiness and love for the nation.”

Stay away from Hubli, says Tibetan administration

October 15, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai – MUNDGOD ( KARWAR )

17th August 2012 10:41 AM

Tibetans living here for the past half century look cool and calm from outside, but once you gain their confidence and ask how they are feeling you will see the tension and fear they are living in.

When Express visited Mundgod in Tattihalli villages where 15,000 Tibetans live in nine camps, it found that they are wandering in groups and prefer to stay at homes.

Stanzin, a monk who lives in Camp-3 said that Tibetans do not have any threats from the people of Mundgod but for the last 20 days they fear to visit Hubli. “As two to three monks were attacked at a hotel in station road, Hubli, we feel that we are being targeted by a particular community,” he added.

“As our Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay was to visit Hubli and Mundgod on August 2, we did not file a complaint with the police. After that our people, especially women have complained of harassment. There have been reports of beating and slapping. As the incidents are very minor in nature, our people are hesitant to report it to the police. But we have been sharing such instances among ourselves to alert others. There was also an instance when a lone monk who was attacked in Mundgod,” said Representative of Central Tibetan Administration Sonam Tenzing.

Ruban, a Class V student said that his parents have stopped going to Hubli for their business. “They are talking about some threats and insisting that I do not to talk to strangers,” he added innocently.

An elderly woman who lives in Camp 7 said that she has asked her daughter, who is pursuing Bachelor degree in Mysore, to return after a Tibetan was stabbed there on August 13. “Not only my daughter, all students studying in Mysore and Bangalore have returned home for a while,” she revealed.

Sources in Tibetan Settlement Office added that over 100 students have returned  home for safety reasons.

Sonam told Express, “Now we have issued certain instructions like not to visit Hubli without any genuine or emergency work. And if one needs to visit Hubli, one should go in a group and not  talk to strangers.”

People have been instructed to remain calm when someone uses derogatory words. “Just finish your work and return safely — this is our word to our people,” he said. He mentioned that police in Mundgod and in Hubli-Dharwad have assured all kinds of  assistance.

“We have to be alert at all times as no government can provide full time security to each person,” Sonam remarked.

50 extra days of employment under MGNREGS: CM

October 15, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai / ENS – GADAG

08th August 2012 10:48 AM

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Karnataka would now guarantee an additional 15 days of employment, Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar said here on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, after conducting drought review meeting here, the Chief Minister said that acting on a recommendation made by the state government the Centre modified guidelines of MNREGS. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh had extended number of employments days to 150 from the current 100 days under the scheme, Shettar informed.

“Construction of toilets is now available to all rural habitats,” he added.

Announcing that a draft of comprehensive water management policy was ready and would be implemented soon in the state, he said, “Officials should take up long-term water schemes to solve droughts effectively.”

The Chief Minister reinforced that the state was ready to open cattle grazing centres wherever necessary irrespective of the number of animals and directed officials concerned to respond to all such applications.

After inaugurating a 250-bed district hospital, Shettar said that he would appeal to the Centre to waive-off agriculture loans of farmers who have borrowed from nationalised banks. He also said that the state would get 45 de-fluoridation units and another 25 units would be approved in the next budget.

‘Dying soldiers motivated us to keep fighting’

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By Sangamesh Menasinakai / ENS – HUBLI

26th July 2012 08:58 AM

“Injured soldiers asked us not to look back and move on as they took their last breath. We just crossed them over because duty was important,” shared Shivareddi B Jagapur of Nagavi village in Gadag district, who was injured during Kargil war and is now serving in New Delhi.

As the nation observes Kargil Day on Thursday to mark India’s victory over Pakistan during the 1999 war, Express spoke to Jagapur who recollected his experience.

“As our battalion (171 of Border Security Force) had previously protected the border from 1994 to 1997, we were instructed to leave from Kolkota in the first week of May in 1999. I called my parents and insisted that they stop my marriage preparations. When we reached Kargil, it was already possessed by enemies. Only 130 of us, led by Deputy Commandant Sukhbeer Singh Yadav, were sent to Kargil to take defence charge on May 10. We had been walking for a week at Shainegunda battalion headquarter and only those, who were fit for border weather, were selected for combat operations. Fortunately I was also one of them.”

Recalling the day Jagapur lost one of his commarade, he said on May 25, the troop started moving towards Patthar post in the border as opponents started shelling the area. “The next day, while the nation enjoyed a cricket match between India and Sri Lanka, a bomb ripped up D C Yadav’s body, who was like a parent-figure for us. He was coming to see us. Other soldiers later told me that the last 25 minutes of his life he asked for our names and advised us us to continue the task with a brave heart.”

Jagapur was deployed at Chesma post on May 27, at Alpa Takri post on May 28, Punjab Takri post on May 29 and 30.

“We saw many soldiers suffering from injuries, yet encouraging us to move ahead. We had no time to even cry. And songs such as ‘Mere vatan ke logo’ flooded our mind and that were like glucose and oxygen for us. We spent the whole of June in tension at Forward Diference Line. We were feeling like we were surrounded by death. My colleague Ghanashyam, from Maharashtra, was seriously wounded by pieces of bombs on July 12. His nose was completely damaged.”

Recounting the day Jagapur got injured he said: “On July 22, there was massive attack from the Pakistan side and some pieces of bullets entered into my thigh. I was admitted to Shainegunda BSF hospital. After X-ray reports confirmed bullet pieces in my thigh, I was shifted to Srinagar Hospital on August 6. As normalcy had prevailed in the border by the time I recovered, we were allowed to return to our villages.”

“My parents were unaware about my whereabouts from May 10 to August 10. When I reached home, I was told that my mother was praying and I believe such prayers brought India victory.”

Rural students tense

October 15, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai – HUBLI

14th July 2012 11:31 AM

Online system of seat counselling for CET introduced by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) for the first time in the state has made candidates, especially those from rural areas anxious.

The students are spending money on cyber centres to enter their options but the failure in connectivity is creating hassles.

Though KEA has recommended Internet Explorer 8 or above/Mozilla Firefox 10 or above/Google Chrome for the process, most of the students are unaware about the same.

KEA has also suggested a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or higher to view the web. The version doesn’t matter if the server is well equipped, said an owner of a cyber centre in Gajendragad.

Basavaraj GM, a candidate, said that helpline numbers given by KEA are always busy and there are no replies to queries sent by e-mail. The students cannot disclose the CET number and password.

KEA officials said that their designated counselling centres are always open to assist candidates.

Damning revelations in AMC charge-sheet against Reddy

October 15, 2012 by

By Sangamesh Menasinakai / ENS – HUBLI:

10th July 2012 10:49 AM

Criminal conspiracy to commit cheating, trespass, forgery, falsifying accounts, theft of iron ore from forest areas, looting iron ore worth Rs 480 crore from others’ lease-held areas and the involvement of officials, including an IAS officer, are some of the highlights of a charge sheet filed against Gali Janardhana  Reddy, his wife G Laxmi Aruna, whose name finds mention for the first time, and five others, by the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the CBI in Bangalore.

In the charge sheet, a 50-page report, a  copy of which is available with Express, Investigation Officer T V Joy also mentions the names of then director of Mines and Geology and IAS officer M E Shivalinga Murthy, Deputy Conservator of Forest S Muthaiah, Reddy’s former personal assistant M Ali Khan – who is also a partner of Devi Enterprises – the then deputy director of Mines and Geology Hospet S P Raju and Sandur Range Forest Officer Mahesh Patil; their misdeeds are explained in detail.As per the report, which was submitted to a special judge for CBI cases, Associated Mining Company (AMC) was taken over by Reddy and Aruna and they were inducted as partners on July 7, 2009, while former partners Parvathamma and K M Vishwanath retired the very next day.

Shivalinga Murthy had issued mineral dispatch permits illegally to the Reddy couple, who claimed that they excavated 6.28 lakh million tonnes of ore between August 1, 2009, and March 22, 2010. A report pointed out that the same couple had excavated during July 22, 2009 and April 21, 2012.In paragraph six, the report states that Ali Khan had instructed the managing director of Vijay Mining and Infra Corp Pvt Ltd to deploy machinery at the surrendered area of Lakshmi Narayana Mining Company  and in the area of Ramgad Minerals and Pvt Ltd (also known as Dalmia Mines) to extract iron ore without any authorising letter. It is revealed that over 13 lakh million tonnes of iron ore was transported illegally from Dalmia Mines.

It is found that Reddy and Ali Khan forcibly extracted more than one lakh tonnes of ore.  The report calculates that AMC has stolen ore worth `480 crore by leasing areas of other companies.